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Neymar among three Paris St Germain players to test positive for coronavirus

Last updated 1 month ago | By Robert Abong'o

Coupe de la Ligue - Final - Paris St Germain v Olympique Lyonnais - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - July 31, 2020 Paris St Germain's Neymar reacts [REUTERS/Christian Hartmann]

Three Paris St Germain (PSG) players have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

According to sources in France, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes are believed to be the three,

“Three players are confirmed positive after a Sars CoV2 test and have undergone the appropriate health protocols. All players and staff will continue to be tested over the next few days,” they said on social media.

The trio was among several PSG players who travelled to the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza for a holiday following the 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

PSG travel to Lens on September 10 for their opening Ligue 1 clash, the previous two having been postponed due to their involvement in the Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions league Group A football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on September 18, 2019. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

NEYMAR STAYING

Since Neymar departed from Barcelona into the French capital 2017, his football life has been riddled with criticism, underwhelming performances and most of all, injuries.

Neymar’s three-year-spell at PSG has brought forth 74 goals in 92 appearances. It has also brought forth rife speculation about his ‘Return to Barcelona’, where he, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez had formed the formidable MSN partnership – which scored 264 goals.

With that at the back of his mind, Neymar led The Parisians throughout the 2019/20 Champions League. Dortmund, Atalanta and Leipzig all feel at the feet of PSG, who only failed to breach Bayern Munich in the final.

Neymar, in tears, was consoled by David Alaba, who should have been celebrating with the rest of the Bavarian squad, for winning their SIXTH Champions League title, having failed at the semi-final stage four times before.

“It turned out that way. He's a player with a lot of pressure on his shoulders, who carries a large burden, who carries the whole club," Alaba told FC Bayern Podcast.

PSG's Neymar, right, celebrates with his teammate Kylian Mbappe after scoring his sides first goal during the French Cup soccer final match between Paris Saint Germain and Saint Etienne at Stade de France stadium, in Saint Denis, north of Paris, Friday July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

With that kind of recognition, it is clear what kind of responsibility Neymar has at PSG, and what is expected of him at the very highest level.

PSGLEMag on Monday, August 30 published an interview with the Brazilian, where he confirmed his intentions for next season, as well as his Champions League ambitions.

“I am staying at PSG next season…with the ambition to return to the Champions’ League final, this time to win it. I like this idea of doing everything to leave my name in the history books of my club,” said Neymar. 

“If people doubt the presence of PSG as a great European club, those doubts died in Lisbon. We left this city with the feeling of being renewed and confident in our capacity to win it one day to write an even greater history, “ he added. 

“By returning from Lisbon, on the plane on the way back, we were already excited to see each other again in Paris! I will never forget what we shared with this squad. It has formed a family and I am proud,” concluded Neymar, who has seemingly recovered from that close 1-0 defeat to Hansi Flick’s side. 

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